Blogger Suzi Wackerbarth

Diverse picture books don’t disappoint, focus on the individual and the universal

Three picture books and a yellow legal pad. The first book is "There was a Party for Langston" which features a blue background and a crown holding Langston Hughes, carried by dancing people. The second book is "Words between us" and features a Grandmother looking lovingly at her Grandchild. The third book is "Skating Wild on an Inland Sea" and the title words seem to be made by a skating child at the bottom of the title image.

One of my favorite things about being a children’s librarian is seeing new picture books. 2023 was an amazing year for picture books, and in today’s post I wanted to focus on three diverse picture books, two of which are overtly diverse. Who knows, maybe one of these will be on a Caldecott or Newbery Awards list!  I’ll start with an October title, There was a Party for Langston, by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey. The front endpapers are a veritable who’s who of Black writers from the Harlem Renaissance to modern day, including Ashley Bryan and Toni Morrison. Each person is depicted as a book on two shelves, listed alphabetically. What kind of book will this be? We see people entering a building on the title page, all dressed up in finery. It looks…promising. And then the fun begins. The artists and the authors are…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Last Call for Your 2023 Mock YMA Submissions!

Have you checked out the 2023 Mock YMA Elections Results page recently? More and more submissions are being received in anticipation of next week’s Youth Media Awards. If you have a book discussion group which has deliberated in a Mock YMA program, submit your winning titles using this form for inclusion in the list. Having served on the Newbery committee myself, I know that no discussion group probably approaches the intensity that the Award committees have experienced this past year as they prepared through intense reading, discussion, re-reading, and extremely thoughtful examinations of the books, but it is always great fun to see what people around the country are reading and selecting in their own discussions. What do YOU think will win these “Best of the Best in Children’s Books” Awards? Check out the 2023 Mock YMA Election Results page to learn what has been selected at mock election programs…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Mock YMA Results!

Is your library conducting a Mock Newbery discussion and election? Has your online book group been pondering which great picture book deserves to win the upcoming Caldecott Award? Are your middle schoolers reading, reading, reading in preparation for a Mock Printz discussion? Or maybe your bookstore is planning a Mock Sibert discussion and has pulled together a great selection of children’s nonfiction from this year for your customers to read and think about. When you complete your program, don’t forget to submit your winning title(s) to the Mock Youth Media Awards (YMA) results page on the ALSC Blog.

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Mocking Masters: Future Librarians Dive into a Mock Caldecott

I teach children’s literature in a Canadian university and my students are the next generation of children’s services librarians. For the past 2 years I have held a class-wide Mock Caldecott. This serves the dual purpose of introducing them to a lot of current illustrated material and teaching them the specifics of this important book award. My hope is that they will be able to apply these same steps to other children’s book and media awards. After reading and book-talking eligible books all term, we came up with the following top 10 Mock Caldecott contenders, in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the illustrator.

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Are YOU offering a Mock YMA Election This Year?

Get ready to submit your Mock YMA results! Is your library offering a Mock Newbery or Mock Sibert discussion and election this year? Maybe your classroom or school is offering a Mock Caldecott or Coretta Scott King? Or perhaps your book discussion group is offering a Mock Printz or a Mock Pura Belpré election? We all want to see what your group thinks will be selected as the “best of the best” in young people’s literature!

ALA Midwinter 2018

Are you ready for the 2018 Youth Media Awards announcements?

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In less than two weeks, the ALA 2018 Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw18. Hundreds and hundreds of librarians will be at the press conference which will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. MT at the Colorado Convention Center. They will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Pura Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, Schneider Family, and more.